Car mechanic shifts gears, becomes a doctor at age 47 and helps address shortage of black doctors

(Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

(Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

Carl Allamby became an expert diagnostician after spending his childhood ducking his head under the hoods of Chevys and Fords with the older guys in his East Cleveland neighborhood. If a car whined and growled while turning, or if it squeaked on startup, he could run through a checklist in his head, zero in on the problem, and fix it.

Today, after a career overhaul, he does the same thing with people as an emergency medicine resident, having graduated from medical school this year at age 47 . . .

Read more by Michael K. McIntyre, The Plain Dealer at Cleveland.com